There's a little phrase I keep hearing and reading that absolutely drives me insane. "...was now..." HELLO! "Was" is past tense. "Now" is present tense. Whatever you're talking/writing about can't be both past tense AND present tense. Well, something could continue to exist, but that's not how it's used.
I hear it used on crime shows all the time. "The perpetrator was now on the run." Okay, it already happened, right? So it's not present tense, and if it's not present tense, why are you saying, "now"? "The perpetrator was THEN on the run," makes sense.
Okay, I feel a little bit better. Things like really bug me. Another thing that annoys me is the apparent aversion to commas. I just did some editing for an author who said that I had put back a lot of commas that his other editor had removed! I have to wonder about this other editor. Unless the rules for using commas have changed, and I don't think they have, people are just finding it easier to leave them out, because they are aren't sure where they go. There are some grey areas--those aren't what I'm talking about here. I'm talking about entire paragraphs with only two or three commas, when there should be ten or more. I mean, just because you don't know how to use them, doesn't mean they shouldn't be there. Especially in long sentences, commas are necessary to make the meaning of the sentence clearer, and to make it easier to read.
Well, I guess that's enough complaining for now. I'm sure no one cares what I think about these things, anyway. That's okay. I'll be all right. Oh, there's another one! There's no such word as ALRIGHT. I used to use it all the time, but I found out that the correct spelling is ALL RIGHT.
Enough! I'm done...for now.
Take care of you! : )